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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 5, 2008 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FORUM CHALLENGE

Ok, Earl – here’s one that seems to have slipped on by. Take out Pet Sounds (that’s not influential - who the hell ever wanted to be the Beach Boys?) and insert John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton – now that album had an influence on a whole lot of bluesrockers.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Feb 5, 2008 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FORUM CHALLENGE

Agree: Brian Wilson has said on many occassions that Pet Sounds was simply a jealous reply to Sgt. Peppers, in terms of utilizing the studio as an instrument. If the term "influential" is to be used strictly, then Sgt. Pepers would be the "original" influence. Strike Pet Sounds.

The one thing that sprung to mind when you mention blues is that almost every British guitar player I've ever read interviews with mentions Chuck Berry as an influence, yet the list we're shown mentions none of the 50's icons that really kick started Rock & Roll. Surely one of BB King's, Chuck Berry's or Elvis LP's would represent.

...coming forward, the Bluesbreakers makes an excellent statement.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 5, 2008 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FORUM CHALLENGE

Slight correction for Earl: Pet Sounds was not influenced by Pepper - Pet Sounds came out in mid-'66, Pepper in mid-'67.
The album Wilson was talking about was Rubber Soul.
But in turn, Pet Sounds was an influence on McCartney while he was doing Pepper (but probably not Lennon).

Anyway, not to point out particular albums, but I think the point is true that the farther back you go, the more "influential" artists you stumble on....I think it goes without saying that Elvis' early singles were more of an influence on rock & roll than any of these albums, and we could go back & name any number of artists without which this or that aspect of r&r wouldn't exist, all the way back to the minstrel bands of the 1840s.... (Although I guess if you're discussing "albums", then your starting point would have to be the mid-'60s.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 5, 2008 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: FORUM CHALLENGE

Now you're talking! Defn add't; remove one or two of the post 80s ones that I don't even recognize and get this in the list!